As hard as it is to deliver a consequence to a child for a bad choice, the alternative can often be even worse. When I am tempted to forego discipline, I have to ask myself, “What is the most loving thing I can do for my child?” In almost every case, the answer is to give the child the consequence he/she has earned, so he/she can learn the lesson God has designed for him/her.
A good consequence, delivered with empathy, demonstrates love and respect for your child’s freedom to choose and his/her ability to learn from the consequences of a bad decision. The author of Hebrews says it well: “All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness” (Heb 12:11).
Don’t be afraid to discipline your child when needed. You will not only help him/her in the short run by teaching him/her right from wrong, but you will also benefit him/her in the long run, which in turn will bless his/her life greatly.
For whom the Lord loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights.
Exerts taken from the Parenting by Design Devotional on YouVersion.